Stateside: Federal PFAS plan; advocate criticizes Wayne Co. treasurer; fall in love with your city

Feb 14, 2019
Originally published on February 15, 2019 6:17 pm

Today on Stateside, we talk about what's in the Environment Protection Agency's new plan to address PFAS contamination. Plus, Valentine's Day is all about showing love, so how about showing love for the place that you live?  

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

The EPA released a plan for dealing with PFAS contamination. Here’s what’s in it. 

  • Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released an action plan to deal with contamination from the chemicals known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The chemicals have been linked to a range of health problems. Brady Dennis covers the environment and public health for the Washington Post. He joined Stateside to talk about the plan that the EPA is calling “historic," and tells us why critics say it falls short of what’s needed. 

Howes: When John Dingell died, the auto industry lost one of its fiercest champions

  • Today, Washington says farewell to Michigan’s most iconic Congressman, John Dingell. Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes wrote in his Tuesday column, "Dingell's death last week means the auto industry finally lost the best friend in Washington it probably ever had.” We talk to Howes about Dingell's legacy as a champion for Michigan's auto industry. 

How weapons from the infamous 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre ended up in a Berrien County sheriff’s office

  • The 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre led to the deaths of six Chicago gangsters and one of their affiliates. Nobody was ever brought to justice for the crime. The weapons used in the attack are still sitting in the Berrien County sheriff's office. 
  • Chriss Lyon is a Berrien County 911 supervisor, historian, and author of the book A Killing in Capone's Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive. She tells us how the murder of a St. Joseph police officer led to the discovery of two of the “Tommy” guns used in the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and the arrest of one of the men believed to be involved in the 1929 shootings. 

Looking for Michigan’s most romantic spot? Listeners share their picks.

  • It's Valentine's Day! With all this love in the air, we asked you to send in your pick for the most romantic spot in the state. Listen to our listeners' favorites to get some ideas for your future Valentine's Day dates. 

Housing advocate criticizes Wayne Co. treasurer’s family involvement in tax foreclosure auctions

  • A Detroit News investigation found that Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree’s relatives bought tax-foreclosed properties even though family members aren't allowed to take part in county auctions.  Late Tuesday, Sabree issued a statement expressing “remorse.”
  • Michele Oberholtzer directs the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project at the United Community Housing Coalition. Oberholtzer shares her concerns about Sabree's conduct, and what further questions she has for the treasurer. 
  • You can read Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree’s statement here.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to fall in love with your city

  • With Valentine's Day comes talk of “love,” for a spouse, a partner, for family. But how many of us think of "loving" our city? Author Peter Kageyama's writing explores what makes cities loveable. Kageyama joins Stateside to discuss a what makes a city romantic, and how small accents of beauty can make us fall in love with the place we live. 

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